January 3, 2023 (Philadelphia, PA) – Breaking Glass Pictures proud to announce the North American release of the official Italian Oscar entry and Cannes competition drama NOSTALGIA directed by Mario Martone (Qui rido ioL’amore molesto). The film will open theatrically in Los Angeles on January 20, and on VOD, digital on February 21.

Based on the novel by Ermanno Rea, NOSTALGIA stars Pierfrancesco Favino (The Traitor) as the middle-aged Felice Lasco, who returns to the bustling Naples after having lived in Egypt for 40 years. Once back, he is caught up in memories of a distant life spent in his hometown, as his criminal youth slowly catches up with him. Alongside Favino, the film stars Francesco Di Leva, Tommaso Ragno, Aurora Quattrocchi, and Sofia Essaidi. 

NOSTALGIA world premiered at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palm d’Or, and was shortlisted at the European Film Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay. The film also took multiple accolades during the 2022 Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) Awards including Best Director for Martone and Best Actor for Favino. The film will play the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early January.

The Hollywood Reporter hailed the film, stating NOSTALGIA is a ““surprisingly absorbing film” with “a formidable cast, assured direction and skillful camerawork”, while Guy Lodge at Variety praised Martone’s direction, calling NOSTALGIA his “most rewarding film in years.” Additionally, The Guardian raved, saying “Mario Martone’s beautifully shot and superbly composed film teeters on the edge of something special”, further calling it “a strong, deeply felt, valuable movie.” Screen Daily referred to NOSTALGIA as “a passionate, angry film that is full of atmosphere and great performances,” and Deadline noted “the deep dive into this specific urban milieu is gratifying.”

NOSTALGIA will open in theaters January 20, and will arrive February 21 on VOD/digital platforms including iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, Vimeo, and through local cable & satellite providers.

“NOSTALGIA takes place in a neighborhood of Naples, but the humanity of the characters and their stories are universal”, said Martone. “Everyone remembers the smells and the flavors of our adolescence, everyone regrets to have lost them, we all know that sense of guilt towards our parents getting older and older, and everyone remembers those friends, for whom we felt a certain kind of love, that faded away with the time passing. And we all know our hometowns, the cities we come from and in which, together with the beauty of their nature, culture and of the wealthier areas, can coexist social issues, rage, abuse of power.”

“Breaking Glass Pictures is honored to release the Cannes 2022 competition film and Italian Oscar submission Nostalgia”, said Rich Wolff, CEO at Breaking Glass Pictures. “We’re very confident the film will find a very receptive US audience.”


“I am very happy that Nostalgia will have distribution in the US with Breaking Glass Pictures”, said Martone. “There are American films which were crucial for the development of my career as a director. I am sure this film will meet up with a world to which, in part, it already belongs.”



Founded in 2009 by industry veterans Rich Wolff and Richard Ross, Breaking Glass Pictures is a film distribution and media company that focuses on releasing unique and visionary independent films, inclusive of all genres, from around the world. In addition to theatrical, DVD, digital, and Video-on-Demand releases in North America, Breaking Glass functions as an international sales agent in all film markets, a producer of compelling independent cinema, facilitates festival, theatrical, and special event bookings, and offers a full-service marketing team (marketing strategy, artwork and trailer creation, PR, social media) to independent filmmakers.

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